Sunday, February 12, 2012
Grimm Legacies 2012: Cinderella (Aschenputtel) by Lotte Reiniger
Here is another film shared during Grimm Legacies, an early film by Lotte Reiniger, her version of Cinderella (Aschenputtel) from 1922. Reiniger is wonderful and not to be missed. And this film is of special interest since it offers the German version of Cinderella, the Grimms, not the Perrault. There is a tree, not a fairy godmother, heel clipping, etc. Just watch it and enjoy!
Ruth Lingford let this film replay during most of her presentation at Grimm Legacies and addressed the artistry and skill of Reiniger as well as the ability to show more with animation than can be done with live action film. No, heel clipping wouldn't work well in a live action in a film shown to children, would it?
Reiniger created the first feature length animated film with the The Adventures of Prince Achmed which is available on DVD in the US.
Unfortunately, a full collection of her fairy tale films is not on Region 1 (US & Canada DVD) but you can get a Region 2 (UK) at Lotte Reiniger - Fairy Tales [DVD].
Or there is always YouTube and the rest...